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Winnipeg Police Service

September 19, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Theft – Arrest: R19-58627

During the summer of 2019 the Winnipeg Police Commercial Stolen Auto Unit began an investigation into a series of thefts that had occurred between the beginning of July and September 3, 2019. The thefts involved a suspect cutting and removing the catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters from school buses. Five school buses were targeted in two separate incidents. Total losses to the victims amounted to approximately $56,800.

The suspect then attempted to sell the stolen parts for scrap metal. The total value of the parts, as scrap, was approximately $500. Licence plates from a private vehicle were also stolen during the summer and affixed to a vehicle used in the theft.

On September, 2019, investigators arrested a 38-year-old male from Winnipeg. He faces charges of Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 x 3, Trafficking in Stolen Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 x 3, Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Under $5,000. As dictated by the Criminal Code of Canada, he was released on Promise to Appear.

Robberies – Arrest: C19-201515

Between July 22, and September 11, 2019, a grocery store in the first 100 block of Young Street was targeted by a suspect on five separate occasions. During these incidents the suspect committed a variety of assaults, thefts, and robberies. During one of the attempted robberies the suspect pointed a firearm at an employee. The same suspect was linked to an attempted residential break-in and a theft from a pawn shop.

An investigation by members of the Major Crimes Unit identified a suspect linked to all of the crimes. A 17-year-old male from Teulon, Manitoba has been arrested. He has been charged with:
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Carry Concealed Weapon
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Point Firearm
- Possess Weapon
- Theft Under $5,000
- Assault
- Break and Enter With Intent
- Assault with a Weapon

He was detained in custody.

Robbery – Arrests: C19-220422

On September 18, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., three suspects (one female and two males) went to a liquor mart located in the 1200 block of Pembina Hyw. and stole a number of bottles of liquor. One of the suspects threatened staff by brandishing an unknown item prior to fleeing the store.

Several WPS units responded and the three suspects were located a short time later in the 1100 block of Pembina Hwy. by members of the Tactical Support Team. The same suspect that had threatened staff had to be subdued by the use of a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) prior to being taken into custody.

Douglas Joseph PARISIEN, 30, has been charged with:
- Robbery
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Neldon OWEN, 22, has been charged with:
- Robbery

Crystal FONTAINE, 44, has been charged with:
- Robbery

All three accused were detained in custody.

Last Update: September 19, 2019

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